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noun mea·sure \ˈme-zhər, ˈmā-\

Simple Definition of measure

  • : an amount or degree of something

  • : something (such as a cup or a ruler) that is used to measure things

  • : a unit used in measuring something

Full Definition of measure

  1. 1 a (1) :  an adequate or due portion (2) :  a moderate degree; also :  moderation, temperance (3) :  a fixed or suitable limit :  bounds <rich beyond measure> b :  the dimensions, capacity, or amount of something ascertained by measuring c :  an estimate of what is to be expected (as of a person or situation) d (1) :  a measured quantity (2) :  amount, degree

  2. 2 a :  an instrument or utensil for measuring b (1) :  a standard or unit of measurement — see weight table (2) :  a system of standard units of measure <metric measure>

  3. 3 :  the act or process of measuring

  4. 4 a (1) :  melody, tune (2) :  dance; especially :  a slow and stately dance b :  rhythmic structure or movement :  cadence: as (1) :  poetic rhythm measured by temporal quantity or accent; specifically :  meter (2) :  musical time c (1) :  a grouping of a specified number of musical beats located between two consecutive vertical lines on a staff (2) :  a metrical unit :  foot

  5. 5 :  an exact divisor of a number

  6. 6 :  a basis or standard of comparison <wealth is not a measure of happiness>

  7. 7 :  a step planned or taken as a means to an end; specifically :  a proposed legislative act

for good measure
  1. :  in addition to the minimum required :  as an extra

Examples of measure

  1. She felt equal measures of hope and fear.

  2. Their actions were motivated in large measure by a desire for revenge.

  3. An occasion like this calls for some measure of decorum.

  4. The meter is a measure of length.

  5. The dictionary includes a table of weights and measures.

  6. The legislature has passed a measure aimed at protecting consumers.

  7. The governor has proposed a number of cost-cutting measures.

  8. They were forced to resort to desperate measures.

  9. We need to take measures to protect ourselves.

Origin of measure

Middle English mesure, from Anglo-French, from Latin mensura, from mensus, past participle of metiri to measure; akin to Old English mǣth measure, Greek metron

First Known Use: 13th century

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verb mea·sure

Simple Definition of measure

  • : to find out the size, length, or amount of (something)

  • : to find out the size of (someone) for clothing

  • : to judge the importance, value, or extent of (something)

Full Definition of measure

mea·suredmea·sur·ing play \ˈme-zhə-riŋ, ˈmā-; ˈmezh-riŋ, ˈmāzh-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to choose or control with cautious restraint :  regulate <measure his acts> b :  to regulate by a standard :  govern

  3. 2 :  to allot or apportion in measured amounts <measure out three cups>

  4. 3 :  to lay off by making measurements

  5. 4 :  to ascertain the measurements of

  6. 5 :  to estimate or appraise by a criterion <measures his skill against his rival>

  7. 6 archaic :  to travel over :  traverse

  8. 7 :  to serve as a means of measuring <a thermometer measures temperature>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to take or make a measurement

  11. 2 :  to have a specified measurement

mea·sur·abil·i·ty play \ˌme-zhə-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌmā-; ˌmezh-rə-, ˌmāzh-\ noun
mea·sur·able play \ˈme-zhə-rə-bəl, ˈmā-; ˈmezh-rə-, ˈmāzh-\ adjective
mea·sur·ably play \-blē\ adverb
mea·sur·er play \-zhər-ər\ noun

Examples of measure

  1. using a ruler to measure a piece of paper

  2. an instrument for measuring air pressure

  3. mental abilities measured by IQ testing

  4. He's being measured for a new suit.

  5. His success cannot be measured solely on the basis of his popularity.

  6. The cloth measures 3 meters.

  7. The room measures 15 feet wide by 30 feet long.

14th Century

First Known Use of measure

14th century

Rhymes with measure

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